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Monk, Thelonius – 5 by Monk by 5 [1959]



Type of spiritual experience

A description of the experience

Thelonious Monk Quintet 1959

The Five Spot residency ended Christmas 1957, Coltrane left to rejoin Miles Davis's group, and the band was effectively disbanded. Monk did not form another long-term band until June 1958, when he began a second residency at the Five Spot, again with a quartet, this time with Griffin (and later Charlie Rouse) on tenor, Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, and Roy Haynes on drums.

The studio album 5 by Monk by 5 was released in June 1959.


The source of the experience

Monk, Thelonius

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Observation contributed by: John Bryant